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Police expel officer who raped prostitute

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Police expel officer who raped prostitute
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An officer with Spain's National Police squad has been booted off the force for raping a prostitute. Other colleagues are facing lesser penalties for crimes including theft and losing their police issue weapons.

A 30-year-old officer with the force’s Narcotics and Organized Crime Squad was expelled from the force on Wednesday after receiving a sentence of 10 and a half years for rape and unlawful arrest, according to Spain's El País newspaper.

In the 2011 crime, Víctor Moreno Guerrero stopped a prostitute in Madrid’s Villaverde neighbourhood.

When he learned that she was in the country without proper documentation, he made her get into his vehicle.

Instead of taking the woman to the local police station, however, the officer bound the woman’s wrists, drove her to a secluded location and forced her to have sex with him.

The woman was eventually able to escape, flagging a taxi down for assistance.

Also on Wednesday, another Madrid-based officer — Óscar González Martínez — was expelled from Spain’s National Police after being sentenced to four years in prison for dealing cocaine.

The decision to expel the two officers comes as the National Police’s Governing Council looks into 53 cases of police misconduct.

These range from disrespecting a senior officer to smoking on police premises to drug trafficking and rape as in the cases above, Spain’s 20 minutos newspaper reported on Wednesday.

In one of the more bizarre cases, an officer was suspended for a year without pay after stealing a bag in a bar in the city of Cordoba.

Once the police officer realized there were cameras in the establishment, he faked an investigation and returned the bag to its owner, contents included.

Another senior officer — this time in the southern city of Jaén — forfeited a week’s pay after it emerged he had left a loaded gun in the toilet of a local bar.

The gun was never recovered.

Spain’s National Police force numbers almost 70,000 officers.

In April 2013, the force was rated Spain’s second most respected institution in a poll carried out by Spanish research institute CIS. The National Police scored a mark of 5.65 out of 6. Only the Civil Guard police force did better, scoring 5.71.

In the same poll, political parties scored 1.83 out of 6, and the monarchy scored 3.68. 

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